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Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.

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Jerzy Kawalerowicz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucyna Winnicka ... Marta
Leon Niemczyk ... Jerzy
Teresa Szmigielówna ... Lawyer's Wife
Zbigniew Cybulski ... Staszek
Helena Dabrowska Helena Dabrowska ... Train Controller
Ignacy Machowski ... Passenger
Roland Glowacki Roland Glowacki ... Murderer
Aleksander Sewruk ... Lawyer
Zygmunt Zintel ... Passenger Suffering from Insomnia
Tadeusz Gwiazdowski Tadeusz Gwiazdowski ... Train Controller
Witold Skaruch ... Priest
Michal Gazda ... Passenger Flirting with Lawyer's Wife
Zygmunt Malawski ... Policeman
Józef Lodynski ... Plain-Clothes Policeman
Kazimierz Wilamowski Kazimierz Wilamowski ... Passenger Sleeping in the Train Controller's Car
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Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

6 September 1959 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Baltic Express See more »

Filming Locations:

Hel, Pomorskie, Poland See more »

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Zespól Filmowy "Kadr" See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Moody Expressionist Thriller
29 October 2012 | by tomweberfilmsSee all my reviews

Although it has superficial similarities with Hitchcock films (it's in black and white; it takes place on a train; it's a murder mystery; there are plenty of red herrings and misleading clues), I loved this moody Polish film because it is visually stunning and refreshingly free of Hollywood clichés. I saw a lot of Expressionist influence in the artfully planned staging and unusual camera angles, both inside the cramped railway corridors and outside the train in various stops along the route. The film is fairly demanding on the viewer: there are a lot of secondary characters with complicated stories of their own, and I found myself repeatedly pausing the DVD to catch details that I had missed. The final scenes were intricately choreographed and highly stylized, reminiscent of black-and-white-era Fellini. Not for everyone, but I found it delightful and plan to watch it again.


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